M'iva Rickey, a Juneau resident since 1973, remembers the days when Juneau had 14 galleries and an abundance of space to showcase art, original or collected.
Those days are gone, which is why she decided to organize the first Fine Art Sale, this Saturday at Centennial Hall.
"Basically what I'm trying to do is weave together artists and collectors that wanted to down-size their inventory," Rickey said. "I've got a lot of artwork that I've run out of space for, that's under the stairs and under the bed, and a lot of us are that way. There are some that have inherited artwork, and maybe they don't have room or their tastes aren't the same. They figure maybe it's time to get rid of it, or pick up a couple of other pieces."
The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 19, in Sheffield Ballroom 1 and 2 of Centennial Hall. Admission is free.
About 20 percent of the art will be original. The rest will be collected.
All 30 to 35 spaces have sold out. Most have been taken by Juneau artists and collectors, but a few are coming up from Seattle. Some artists have reserved two to five spaces.
The collection will include Fred Machetanz works, Navajo rugs, poetry books, lithographs, sculpture, paintings, prints and photographs, among other things.
"It's kind of a melange of all the different kinds of art that you'd expect to find," Rickey said. "There's just an amazing variety of art of exceptional quality."
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